This 'burger dog' is far more than a hot dog-shaped cheeseburger. It's a one-handed wonder that's perfectly proportioned and easier to eat than a regular cheeseburger.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place half the ground beef on a sheet of plastic wrap. Pat it into a rectangular shape, about 1/2 inch thick, 8 1/2 inches long, and 4 inches wide. Season with salt and pepper. Roll the beef into a log, using the plastic wrap as a guide. Season with more salt and pepper. Wrap the plastic tightly around the log and twist both ends tight. Pat gently to slightly flatten. Repeat with remaining ground beef.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove the burger dogs from the plastic wrap and place on the grill, perpendicular to the grates. Cook until burgers are browned but still pink inside, 4 to 5 minutes, flip, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Place a slice of cheese on each burger dog and grill to medium doneness (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 140 degrees F/60 degrees C). Remove and rest 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Toast hot dog buns on the grill and spread each with 2 teaspoons mayonnaise. Place burger dog on each bun and squirt 1 tablespoon of ketchup on top.

Nutrition Facts

763.1 calories; protein 51g 102% DV; carbohydrates 25.7g 8% DV; fat 49.7g 76% DV; cholesterol 170.2mg 57% DV; sodium 804.4mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2012
Great recipe for a classic burger that just happens to be shaped like a hot dog! I couldn't figure out what to make for dinner tonight (didn't thaw anything) so we went out and got a pound of hamburger and fired up the grill. I used hoagie style rolls as I wasn't able to find extra-long hot dog buns. These were great and really hit the spot. We poured a little beer over these while they were cooking (an old trick from my Dad) added some pickles and a side of kettle cooked chips as well as a couple of beers which were a lot easier to drink with the "free hand" - Thanks Chef John for another great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2012
Just a hamburger in the shape of a hot dog. Use bigger buns than the regular hot dog buns. Hard to put any of the fixings on but a decent solution if you don't have hamburger buns. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2012
Great recipe for a classic burger that just happens to be shaped like a hot dog! I couldn't figure out what to make for dinner tonight (didn't thaw anything) so we went out and got a pound of hamburger and fired up the grill. I used hoagie style rolls as I wasn't able to find extra-long hot dog buns. These were great and really hit the spot. We poured a little beer over these while they were cooking (an old trick from my Dad) added some pickles and a side of kettle cooked chips as well as a couple of beers which were a lot easier to drink with the "free hand" - Thanks Chef John for another great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2012
These were fun and delicious! I started out making 8oz. dogs, but they were waaaaay too big for us, so I made 6oz. dogs and that was perfect. Also, I couldn't find extra-long hot dog buns, only regular and foot-long, so I bought brat/sausage buns and they worked out great. Essentially, these are just burger shaped dogs, lol, but they were yummy and I would def make them again! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2012
What is not to like? A true burger shaped to fit a hot dog bun. I used a hoagie bun - which is a bit bigger - keep in mind these are 1/2 lb burgers - easier to eat? Maybe! Hubby liked them and that is what counts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2012
These are great Another great alternative is to make a slit along the length of the burger and stuff lightly with chunky bleu cheese and press shut. Use Swiss cheese in place of cheddar and grill as stated above. These will melt in your mouth. I used a few slices of sauteed mushrooms that i cooked in butter and used as a extra topping.........yum yum!!! Thanks Chef!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2013
Chef John's shares history for the burger dog. HISTORY OF BURGER: This “burger dog” is far more than a hot dog shaped cheeseburger. It’s a testament to American ingenuity and being close to the right place at the right time. While I’m posting this as a fun, 4th of July grilling idea, my real motivation is to tell this “only in America” story of food stand stardom. As the story goes, Bill “Burger Bill” Parrish didn’t want to buy two different kinds of buns for his tiny snack stand, which he operated on Lake Merced, near the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Since there’s no such thing as flat, round hot dogs, Bill decided to shape his burgers to fit the hot dog bun, and The City’s most storied cheeseburger was born. The course is only open to members, so the only way to taste one of these rare beauties is if you’re invited to play as a guest. I’ve had the pleasure twice, and both times the burger experience was just as memorable as the golf. They really are brilliant. Above and beyond fitting the uni-bun, Burger Bill’s rectangular meat ended up being culinary superior for all the reasons I brag about in the video. The shape insures a great crust of grill marks, and a perfect meat-to-bun ratio as you eat your way down the length. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2014
I did this for the first time over 40 years ago as a 13 year old. Grandma had purchased hot dog buns by mistake so I suggested "hamdogs". It worked and everyone was pleased I helped save Grandma's cookout and no one was the wiser! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2012
Just a hamburger in the shape of a hot dog. Use bigger buns than the regular hot dog buns. Hard to put any of the fixings on but a decent solution if you don't have hamburger buns. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2012
I have been making these for years. I had leftover hot dog buns so this was how I used them up. I gave the burgers a flat shape and could fit the goodies on top without dropping everything. I also flattened the bun a little. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2013
This is a good recipe and lets the flavor of the burger out. I agree completely with Chef John. The secret is the hot dog bun creates less bun vs. meat. I am not sure why there are so many negative comments on here for this. Yes its a hamburger on a hot dog bun but unless you actually try it with minimal fixings you miss it. The other point is yes cook until well done. Read More
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